Wooden denim could cut carbon emissions of global jeans industry

Dawn Ellams a PhD researcher at Herriot Watt university School of Textiles and Design has created a pair of jeans using Tencel® a fibre derived  from sustainable wood rather than cotton. She explains that :”The sustainability issues associated with the manufacturing of cotton garments are already well understood, yet the use of cotton shows no sign of diminishing. The research challenged the design and manufacture of denim jeans, probably the most iconic use of cotton. The overall aim was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use associated with conventional manufacturing for denim jeans.”

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